Many blood tests will assess your HCT levels, the CBC test being the most common test to do this.
Many people get their CBC test results back and are wondering what those HCT result mean.
HCT stands for Hematocrit. Other names for HCT are Packed Cell Volume (PCV) and Erythroctye Volume Fraction (EVF).
So now that you’re thoroughly confused, let me explain what this all means.
HCT Stands for the volume (or percentage %) of red blood cells in your blood.
The normal range of results for these markers are
- 38.5% – 50% for men
- 34.9% – 44.5% for women
These results are integral for understanding certain aspects of your health.
So what do your individual HCT results mean?
Your individual test results are either average, higher or lower than average.
Elevated HCT levels often result from:
- Dehydration (most common)
- Sleep Apnea
- Dengue Fever
- Polycythemia Vera
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Anabolic Androgenic Steroids use (AAS)
- Capillary Leak Syndrome
Lowered HCT levels are often the result of:
- Anemia (most common)
- Certain types of cancers
- Blood loss (incl. internal bleeding)
- Vitamin deficiency
- Mineral deficiency
- Cirrhosis of the liver
Looking further at your results.
If you’re HCT levels are higher than average, the first place to look is hydration.
Are you drinking enough water in the day?
Are you eating a diet that is dehydrating you?
If you’re HCT levels are lower than average, the first thing to check is if you are anemic.
There are many different types of anemia that a test will analyze for, if you want more information about how to test for anemia visit my post on the topic of anemia testing.
If you’re looking to get tested for HCT…
the CBC (Complete Blood Count test) is available to assess HCT as well as anemia. Order the CBC blood test online (no doctor needed) here.What does HCT mean in Blood Tests? by admin